Ground Fighting Seminar

The Gemmell’s had the great privilege to attend the ground fighting seminar in Broomfield Colorado, Saturday August 13, 2011. They flew out on Friday the 12th and back again on Sunday the 14th.

The Seminar started at 9:00am on Saturday August 13, 2011. They were both dressed in their blues and at headquarters by 8:45am.

Master Frank Hannon, a retired Major from the US Army, taught the seminar.

Mr. Gemmell loved the philosophy that was taught throughout the seminar: don’t try to out grapple the grappler. Use your TKD skills to protect yourself.

Mr. Gemmell was surprised by the simplicity yet overwhelming effectiveness of some of the techniques. Some techniques that can kill yet are easy to perform.

Master Hannon was very organized through out the seminar. He flowed easily from A-Z covering the ground fighting techniques in General Choi’s encyclopedia, Master Hannon also applied military training to TKD.

The Gemmell’s understood why the Seminar was only a day long but wished it could have been longer. “Because of the time constraint there wasn’t much opportunity to hear Master Hannon’s fun stories”,  said Mr. Gemmell

The most applicable thing the Gemmell’s brought back was the old adage: forewarned is forearmed. Just as defending against a weapon, a gun, a knife, take the utmost care when defending against a grappler, his tools and his techniques, for they are deadly weapons.

This seminar helps you begin to appreciate the reality of a situation, or the scenario.

Sunday August 14, 2011 the Gemmell’s were able to train with their instructor: Master Kirk Steadman.

Mr. Gemmell said “‘Senior Grand Master Sereff has said “Technique is forged on the anvil of hard training. It is tempered by your sweat and perseverance.’ While last weekend had been such a fun time already, what with getting to train with Senior Master Martin, getting to have 2 weekends like this back to back is just incredible.

“The level of instruction available within the USTF is simply fantastic, from Senior Master Martin, to Master Hannon, and then Master Steadman – we are very fortunate to have these wonderful people in our great organization!”


The Gemmell’s would like to express their gratitude to Master Hannon and the USTF for making this available.

Pictures will soon follow.


About Gennese Hawks

Ms. Gennese Hawks is a continuing student of the Burning Phoenix Taekwon-Do School who originally started by taking classes with Mr. Eric Gemmell, IV Dan, at Salt Lake Community College. Ms. Hawks has been a positive contributing member of the school for some time now, and is just a very upbeat person in general! :-)
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